We stayed there in August 2012--it is absolutely charming. The cottages are so wonderful with enclosed showers and bathroom--you just have one step down to the tiled services with two sinks and lots of space.... The bed area is great although the bed is a bit hard if you are not used to that type of feeling. Still I loved it--it has electric lights where you sleep, bath, and in the main lodge where you dine or hang out. (some lodges do not)
Ron, the manager is charming and interested in pleasing the guests. George (Ambe) our guide and driver was probably the best guide we've ever had. He goes the distance and then some. He anticipates your needs, is a great spotter--always gets a great position quickly where the animals are so you can get the best photos. He shows an amazing attention to detail -- so unusual in this day and age. I can't say enough about him.
Then only thing that could use improvement is the food, although both lunches we had--the grilled NIle Perch the first day and the spinach ravioli the second day was great--the dinners were not that good. The chef needs a bit more excellent meals that are fresh and not too salty or spicy. We needed to say "No salt" to most of the food throughout Africa--where the custom of using A LOT of salt is prevalent.
The BBQ was ok, but if there are vegetarians at the lodge--it is probably not a great idea to make the pasta with eat--the more vegetarian side dishes everyone can eat--the better. The same with soup--if you are making a tomato soup--why not use vegetable broth base instead of meat so everyone can have the same soup? It's silly to have to make a second soup for a few people...just a bit of home economics and common sense. I asked for more lettuce at the BBQ--many of the sides were empty bowls--and it took fifteen minutes to get some more. I think food should be a bit more plentiful on a buffet and sit down dinners should have a few choices in case someone does not care for the menu.
The staff is excellent--they make sure you get what you need and have wonderful personalities.
We had a great time --if they step up to increase variety and amount of food on their buffets and add some more meals with fresh, healthy non-salty choices for dinner--this place would be the number one choice in Amboseli! And I think it will happen, because they really care about the guests!
The grounds are lovely and the pool with lounges, is next to a fence where the other side is a watering hole so you get to see many animals up close as they drink--giraffes, zebras..etc....
And from your hut, by the pool, or eating in the dining area you get a wonderful view of Mt. Kilimanjaro--nice!
This camp is small, personal and wonderful!
Don't miss the opportunity to experience this place.....and Amboseli, before going on to the Mara.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Tawi Lodge consists of 13 en-suite cottages all situated to face Mt. Kilimanjaro Each cottage has its own wooden-deck veranda and a fabulous view of the highest mountain in Africa, even from the comfort of your bed or your bathtub. Double or twin cottages, all have ensuite bathrooms fitted with both a bath and shower. A fireplace and a minibar for those very special sundowners will make you enjoy even more your stay. Lighting and water systems are powered 24h thanks to solar power, this system is backed-up by a generator to ensure you will always have total comfort All bathrooms have hot/cold water, flush toilets, bath and shower and shampoo/conditioner. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Tawi Hotel Amboseli National Park